Javea, once a quiet fishing village, lies in the valley of the dominating Montgo Mountain (753 metres) in the Northern Costa Blanca and is one of the most popular resorts of the region. The town started attracting Europeans more than 30 years ago and many of these visitors never left, leaving a thriving international community to this day. Javea is an attractive destination with plenty to offer visitors including some of Spain's finest golden beaches.
Today Javea still remains a fishing village and one can watch the fishing boats arriving during the morning and purchase fresh fish.
Javea is divided into three parts: Javea Pueblo (the old town), Javea Puerto (the bustling port area) and Playa de Arenal (the main sandy beach area). Today the old town and the Port are pretty much joined thanks to the property development which has gone on in the town.
Towards the end of July is the month when the Moors and Christians festivals take place. The locals parade along the streets in their striking costumes with stirring music to accompany them. The streets are lined with enthusiastic spectators and it is a joyful time for all.
The popular open air market is held each Saturday with a good variety of sesonal fresh produce, along with stalls selling their wares of clothing, shoes, leather handbags, scarves and much more.
The pleasant old Town of Javea is well worth a visit. Just wandering around admiring the whitewashed buildings, along the quaint narrow streets with the occasional boutique shop to surprise you, will give you a deeper appreciation of this area.
Take a look in the Gothic Church of San Bartolome. Visit the busy indoor food market with its stalls full of fresh fish, meat, fruits and vegetables from the region. Closeby is the Museum with many interesting artifacts and all information has now been translated into English.
The Playa de Arenal (also known as the front) lies some 3 km along a rocky beach from the Portland. Here you will find the Blue Flag beach, very popular, very safe and family friendly. There are water activities to occupy the older children and with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars for all your requirements within walking distance from the beach.
There are numerous international and popular restaurants in Javea to suit all your tastes. Take a coffee break (or something stronger!) in one of the local bars and try the various Tapas…
Thursday morning is the open air market day with plenty of undercover parking available. The stalls offer a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to sell along with scarves, shoes, handbags, clothing and much more.
There are plenty of day excursions available to other interesting resorts such as Denia and Gandia or take a drive along the coast road to many superb beaches and coves.
Javea is conveniently situated approximately 111 kms north east of Alicante airport and 127 kms south of Valencia making it an ideal holiday destination for everyone.